"Travellin' through Hyperspace ain't like dustin' crops, boy!:" Creating Lightspeed and Hyperspace FX
by Jedi Knight Toren Depor
To a first time viewer of Star Wars there are many scenes that are absolutely unforgettable. Obi-Wan igniting his sabre in the Mos Eisley Cantina, Han Solo gunning down Greedo in the same bar and then walking out casually as he says "Sorry about the mess," and the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace.
In every single one of the Star Wars movies we have seen an example of a ship going into hyperspace in some way. Sometimes it's as simple as watching a ship's engines flare brilliantly as it shoots off into the vastness of space, or as complex as the bizarre tunnels that vessels see while travelling through hyperspace, and then of course there is the most recognizable effect of all, the appearance of hundreds of stars elongating into lines as they accelerate beyond the speed of light.
This tutorial will explore the differences in all of the hyperspace effects and show you how to create them all. As always project files and example images and movies are included, as is a downloadable version of the tutorial and a project file.
NOTE: All of my tutorials use centimeters as the unit of measurement and SMPTE as the measurement of time. To alter these settings, go to Tools>Options>Units Tab and change the "Unit of measurement" to Centimeters and "Show time as" to SMPTE (00:00:00).
1) Animation:Master version 6.0 and above
2) Animation:Master version 8.5c and above required for Part 2: Exterior Hyperspace Animations
3) CellTurb Freeware Texture Plug-In Andy Whittock's ToonNation
4) Sci-Fi3D's Corellian Corvette 3DS Model (included with project file)
Part 1: Observations and References of Lightspeed/Hyperspace Phenomenon
An analysis of the different effects associated with hyperspace, and the difference in their appearance throughout the films.
Part 2: Exterior Hyperspace Animations
How to properly animate a spaceship as it jumps into and drops out of hyperspace from an external viewpoint.
Part 3: Creating Lightspeed starlines
Creating a group of glowing splines and animating them stretching towards he camera.
Part 4: Creating Hyperspace Tunnels
Hyperspace Tunnel #1: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Creating the hyperspace tunnel effect as seen just prior to the Millennium Falcon dropping out of Hyperspace in the Alderaan system in ANH.
Hyperspace Tunnel #2: Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Creating the hyperspace tunnel effect as seen from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as it drops out of Hyperspace in the Endor system in ROTJ.
Hyperspace Tunnel #3: Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Creating the hyperspace tunnel effect as seen in Select #20.
Completed Project File .99MB
Contains all of the materials, models, actions, and choreographies used in this tutorial in a ZIP Archive.
Completed Project File .99MB
Contains all of the materials, models, actions, and choreographies used in this tutorial in a SIT Archive.
Tutorial: Off-Line Version 6.76MB
All of these tutorials downloadable as a ZIP Archive.
Tutorial: Off-Line Version 6.81MB
All of these tutorials downloadable as a SIT Archive.
Tutorial by Jedi Knight Toren Depor(a.k.a. Filmmaker Matt Pfingsten)
Special Thanks to
Zoo of Sci-Fi3D for donating the Corellian Corvette 3DS model
The Animaster Mailing List for providing such great feedback and support on all of my tutorials.
TheForce.Net for hosting this tutorial
Hash Inc. for making such powerful 3D software
George Lucas for creating Star Wars